Congressmen Ami Bera, David Cicilline, Rodney Davis and Adam Kinzinger talk problem solving.
POLARIZED PAST: Sen. Bill Frist played party politics when he was the Senate majority leader and tried to unseat minority leader Sen. Tom Daschle. Now, Frist and Daschle are teaming up to find a bipartisan solution to get control of health care costs before they sink the economy. “That is the past and we now find much more in common than not. We both know that we need to find a consensus way forward,” Frist said. Current lawmakers should take note -- polarized pasts don't need to be the future as well: Brett Norman for POLITICO: The Bill Frist Rx
KICKING THE CAN: After returning to session last week after a five-week recess, members of Congress are poised to return to their districts again this week. In the short time it is in session, Congress is in position to only pass one piece of legislation that would keep the government funded for six more months. "There's little reason for either Democrats or Republicans to cut deals now, knowing they could have more leverage as a result of the election," says David Welna. Elected officials need to remember the commitment they made to their constituents: solving problems: David Welna for NPR: Congress Bets On Post-Election Edge, Delaying Action
CALL FOR COOPERATION: "The issues we confront will not be resolved by the policies put forth in party platforms that are filled with the polemics of folks who wish to shout from the corners of the American field of play. They will be resolved by leaders who are willing to sit down with their counterparts and – without compromising their core values or purposes – work out agreements that move our nation forward," Judd Gregg says. This is one of the many recent calls for across-the-aisle action: Judd Gregg for The Hill: Opinion: Bill Clinton’s call for bipartisan co-operation worth heeding
NO BUDGET, NO PAY COULD CHANGE PROCESS: Barry Noreen sees a predictable pattern in Washington. Congress recognizes a problem months away, members choose to engage in politics rather than solve it, the media discusses the doom that will occur from the inaction, and members pass a short-term resolution to avoid a meltdown. That cycle has been on repeat for this current session of Congress. Noreen believes that one way to fix that is the No Budget, No Pay Act: Barry Noreen for the Colorado Springs Gazette: Git 'er done or don't get paid
LESSON FROM STRASBURG: In the middle of a pennant race, the Washington Nationals recently shut down ace pitcher Stephen Strasburg as he recovers from Tommy John surgery. While many sports pundits disagree with the decision, Robert Lipsyte says elected officials can learn from it. Lipsyte hopes our political leaders would embrace similar standards in "choosing the right, though less popular, action, rather than one that "plays" or "pays" well. Immediate gratification instead of investment in the future has become a part of our American culture." Robert Lipsyte forUSA TODAY: Lesson in Strasburg shutdown
FROM THE FIELD: University of Michigan student and No Labels student leader Joe Elliott is holding a campus conference to educate his fellow students about returning to problem-solving in government after the divisive election has ended.
THE DAILY BREAK: Writing in cursive and papier mache are just some of the useless things you learned in school. Check out the rest here: Buzzfeed: 49 Things You Learned In School That Are Now Completely Useless
STAT OF THE DAY: After today, there will only be 13 days before the beginning of the new fiscal year. As of right now, there is no concurrent budget resolution, and none of the appropriations bills have been passed. So if the No Budget, No Pay Act were in effect, if lawmakers didn't manage to pass all of that within those 13 days, they would lose their pay.